Galvanising & Color Coating

Surface Treatment Chemical Guide for Color Coating on Galvanized / Galvalume Surface


SELECTED ALKALINE CLEANERS:

ADVANTAGES OF ALKALINE CLEANING:
Alkaline cleaning removes organic soils such as rust preventative oils and lubricants. Multi-metal cleaners reduce or eliminate etch on all non-ferrous metals such as galvanized, galvalume and aluminum surfaces.

In addition, cleaners are specially designed to reduce foaming and provide
maximum cleaning effectiveness.

PREFERRED ALKALINE CLEANERS:

PRODUCT NAME PRODUCT DETAILS MODE OF APPLICATION APPLICATION CONC. APPLICATION
TEMP.
ETCHINOL S 1121 It is a low foaming strong alkaline liquid metal cleaner for spray cum dip degreasing of ferrous metals prior to hot dip galvanized steel strips before to chromate conversion. Spray cum
Dip / Spray
2 – 4% 50 – 75°C
ETCHINOL S 1125 It is a low foaming alkaline liquid metal cleaner for spray degreasing and activating of galvanized steel strips, galvalume and aluminum before to chromate conversion in color coating line. Spray cum
Dip / Spray
8 – 10% 60 – 80°C


PREFERRED CONVERSION COATING CHEMICALS

ADVANTAGES OF CONVERSION COATING:
Conversion coating enhances the corrosion resistance property on the pretreated galvanized, galvalume and aluminum surface. It also helps inhibit the under paint corrosion creeping process that in turn increases the object life.

Conversion coating reinforces the bond between the paint film and the surface.

Since it is a single treatment process and does not require post rinse, it avoids additional effluent treatment and reduces the expenses for running the process.

PREFERRED CONVERSION COATING CHEMICALS:

PRODUCT NAME PRODUCT DETAILS MODE OF APPLICATION APPLICATION CONC. APPLICATION
TEMP.
GALVATREAT 300 It is a single pack treatment used over G.I. strips, galvalume, and aluminum to produce a uniform conversion coating which improves adhesion, inhibits corrosion and increases the durability of paint finishes. By Rollcoater
/ as per plant design
30 – 35 % Ambient – 65°C
GALVATREAT 1300 It is a non-hexavalent chrome passivating chemical used over G.I. strips to produce conversion coatings suitable prior to continuous color coating. By Rollcoater
/ as per plant design
20 % Ambient – 65°C



CGL PROCESS CHEMICALS
A complete range of products for continuous galvanizing line


• ALKALINE CLEANING • FLUXING
• ACID PICKLING • PASSIVATION
CGL & ITS MAJOR STEPS

Galvanizing is a process of imparting a sacrificial zinc coating on the iron or steel surface, thereby protecting the surface from atmosphere. Method of application differs according to the need and availability of measures.

The most popular galvanizing method is Hot Dip Galvanizing which is adaptable to almost all types of fabricated and non fabricated items. Flux type Continuous Galvanizing Line is such a kind where iron or steel strips are degreased, pickled and fluxed for surface preparation before dipping into the molten zinc.

Major Steps :
ALKALINE CLEANING - Removing oil, grease and soil from steel surface is crucial, otherwise dissolution of iron oxide / scale by pickling will be retarded.

ACID PICKLING - Ferrous metals have a surface coating of metallic oxide and / or scale which must be removed before zinc coating can be applied successfully. Pickling involves immersing the work in an acid to dissolve the scale or oxide film.

FLUXING - Liquid flux is recommended for continuous galvanizing line (C.G.L). It is used directly without any dilution. It has the ability to keep the sheets free from oxides by removing the rust blush prior to dip in the zinc bath. It also improves the zinc – iron adhesion in the galvanizing process.

PASSIVATION - Chromate conversion coating chemical is applied on galvanized iron and zinc –aluminum surfaces. It imparts excellent corrosion resistive coating that protects the underlying surface from weathering.

In case of nonox lines no fluxing is required. Further, depending on the sheet condition, acid pickling stage may also be omitted.


CGL CHEMICALS

ALKALINE CLEANING
PHOSCLEAN 123
It is a low foaming strong alkaline cleaner for spray cum dip degreasing of iron and steel strips, with proven effectiveness in degreasing and removal of dirt and smuts.
ETCHINOL S 1121 It is a low foaming strong alkaline liquid metal cleaner for spray cum dip degreasing of ferrous metals prior to hot dip galvanizing and also for cleaning and activating galvanized steel strips prior to chromate conversion.

 

ACID PICKLING
FERROGUARD 358
It is a powerful acid inhibitor used in hydrochloric acid pickling baths. When used in acid baths, minimizes metal loss, restricts severe metal pitting and delays the appearance of rust blushing after pickling operation. It forms a thin foam blanket on the surface of the pickling baths and thus minimizes fuming. It inhibits hydrochloric acid pickling baths followed by rinses may be used prior to electroplating, galvanizing, painting and phosphating processes.

 

FLUXING
FLUXOL 336
It is a liquid flux recommended for continuous galvanising line (C.G.L). It is used directly without any dilution. The flux is highly stable at galvanising temperature. Chemically active flux effectively removes impurities from the pickled steel to facilitate trouble free iron-zinc reaction.

 

PASSIVATION
ALIBOND 292
It is a chemical process, which produces a protective colourless chromate conversion coating on galvanized iron and zinc-aluminum surfaces. The coating protects the surface from decolouration, corrosion and finger staining. It can be used by dip or spray.
PASSILINE 293 It is formulated for surface passivation of galvanized steel or galvalume in sheet or strip line operations. It is applied to the strip by immersing the strip or flooding the strip with the treatment solution. Removal of excess solution is then accomplished using squeeze roller. It protects the galvanized steel or galvalume surface from corrosion and metal staining during storage and shipment.
PASSILINE 294 It is a specially designed chrome passivating chemical ideally suitable for galvanized steel and galvalume strips. It can be used by dip or flooding the chemical solution over the strips followed by usual roller squeezing and drying. The treated surfaces protect the metal from corrosion and staining for a long period of time.
PASSILINE 1291 It is non hexavalent chromium based formulation for surface passivation of galvanized steel or galvalume in sheet or strip line operation. It protects the galvanized steel or galvalume surface from corrosion and metal staining during storage and shipment.

 


Chemicals For Structures Galvanizing

ALKALINE DEGREASING OR ACID DEGREASING

ACID PICKLING

FLUXING

PASSIVATION

PRODUCT FOR TUBE / STRUCTURE GALVANIZING LINE

INTRODUCTION :

The importance of protecting from corrosion articles used in open environment made of plain steel, such as structures and tubes etc., is obvious, and coating the steel surface with a thin layer of a corrosion resistant metal is a most convenient means of protection, best applied as a final operation in the manufacture of these products. Of all the metals used for the purpose of protection against corrosion, zinc is one of the cheapest and the one most widely used, being suitable for nearly every kind of article, except food containers. Use of zinc is not only cheaper and easy to coat but it also protects iron or steel by providing cathodic or sacrificial protection.

SURFACE PREPARATION CHEMICALS :

Mainly steel tubes / structures are galvanized in this method.

ALKALINE DEGREASING :

Degreasing – Removing oil, grease and dirt from steel is crucial to good galvanizing. Without this process acid pickling will be disturbed and a patchy zinc coating will form after galvanizing.

1. Conventional Alkaline Degreasing Method - Phosclean 101 – It is a strong alkaline cleaner for degreasing of iron and steel strips by dipping method, with proven effectiveness in degreasing and removal of dirt and smuts prior to hot dip galvanizing.

ACID DEGREASING :

Acid Degreasing Method – Phosclean 151 – It is an acidic degreasing chemical used to remove oil, grease, soils etc from ferrous metals prior to pickling/ derusting in structures and pipes Galvanizing line.

2. Acid cleaning is a process in which an acidic medium, in combination with a unique blend of non ionic and cationic surfactant for better wetting and surface tension effect, is employed to remove light oxides, shop soils, oil, grease and other contaminants from the work. The advantage of acid degreasing over conventional degreasing is that it does not require high temperature and rinsing process. It can directly be subjected to acid pickling. Hence, it is a energy saving and eco-friendly product.

DESCALING / ACID PICKLING :

Ferrous metals have a surface coating of metallic oxide or scale which must be removed before the zinc coating can be applied successfully. The most common process for removing this film is called pickling. Pickling involves immersing the work in an acid to dissolve the scale or oxide film. Many acids can be used; the most common for galvanizers is hydrochloric acid.

1. Ferroguard 358 (Acid inhibitor) – It is a powerful acid inhibitor in hydrochloric acid, when used in acid baths minimizes metal loss and forms a foam blanket on the surface of the pickling baths and thus minimizes fuming.

FLUXING CHEMICALS :

A property of the preflux bath is that it makes a thin coating on metal surface which prevent further rusting and at the time of galvanizing it removes the oxide layer from the surface and confirms the zinc metal adhesion.

1. Fluxol 340 – It is a powerful wet flux, in powder form and applied by making a solution by dip prior to galvanizing.

TOP FLUX / BLANKET FLUX :

Galvanizing or molten zinc bath needs some flux which removes excess zinc from the galvanized surface, it reduces heat radiation to some extent as well.

1. Fluxol 337 (Top flux) – It is a powdered product used as such over molten zinc bath, to provide a flux cover on top of the galvanizing bath which is less fumes and eco-friendly.

PASSIVATING CHEMICALS :

Zinc is also a sensitive metal which forms white rust on exposure to air and moisture. The corrosion products give an unsightly, mottled surface consisting of the loose powder that makes it unfit for the industrial and domestic uses. White rust damages long-term protection of the base steel. Passivation of the galvanized surface is inevitable for long life of the articles.

1. Alibond 292 – It is a hexavalent chromium based chemical process, which produces a protective colourless chromate conversion coating on galvanized iron. The coating protects the surface from corrosion and finger staining and renders a gloss to the surface. It can be used by dip or spray.

2. Alibond 304 – Due to the hazardous nature of hexavalent chromium industries prefer trivalent chromium based products. It is a trivalent chromium based chemical process, which produces a protective almost colourless to very light bluish chromate passivating film on galvanized iron. It can be used by dip or spray in galvanizing plants and specially recommended for continuous strip lines.

3. Zipac 305 (Non chrome) – It is a unique eco friendly product free from chromium. It is a water soluble conversion cum passivating chemical, ideally suitable for zinc coated metal surfaces. The chemical forms a thin film over the zinc coated steel (G.I.), which forms a protective non-chrome layer to improve the corrosion resistance properties of the treated metal. ZIPAC 305 may also be used effectively for aluminium –zinc coated strips. The toxicity profile of chromium and pollution effect of chromates can be eliminated by using the new generation product in coil lines.